YMCA host­ing open house to­day to pro­mote fit­ness for 50-plus gen­er­a­tion

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SYD­NEY — The YMCA of Cape Bre­ton is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple aged 50 and over to get fit for fun.

“ We rec­og­nize that be­ing ac­tive has a ma­jor im­pact to our qual­ity of life,” said Colleen Kyte, chair of the Fit for Fun at 50+ open house. “ We want to en­cour­age Cape Bre­ton­ers to be more ac­tive at all ages.”

Spurred on by an in­creased in­ter­est in fit­ness for peo­ple en­ter­ing into their golden years, the event will fea­ture sam­ple fit­ness classes and in­for­ma­tion on fall preven­tion, healthy backs and func­tional fit­ness, which in­cludes co-or­di­na­tion, bal­ance, reach, flex­i­bil­ity, sit­ting and stand­ing.

The event will also fea­ture nutri­tion breaks, a blood pres­sure clinic and walks around the YMCA track that are spe­cially de­signed to pre­vent in­jury.

The oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy depart­ment of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal will also be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the ben­e­fits of stay­ing ac­tive.

“ We rec­om­mend ex­er­cise and ac­tive liv­ing for all ages,” said re­gional car­di­ol­o­gist Dr. Paul MacDon­ald, a faith­ful fit­ness en­thu­si­ast. “Be­ing mo­bile en­cour- ages in­de­pen­dence.”

The open house takes place to­day , from 9 a.m. un­til noon at the YMCA, 399 Char­lotte St., Syd­ney.

The event is free of charge and par­tic­i­pants are asked to bring sneak­ers and to dress com­fort­ably. Fit for fun in­cludes door prizes, re­fresh­ments and a gift from the YMCA. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, phone the YMCA at 562-9622.

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